Transgender inmate who filed lawsuit found dead in cell

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A transgender Florida inmate who sought to change her name to a traditionally female one was found dead in a cell earlier this month.

The Miami Herald reports that Justin Lee Naber, who went by Stacy Lorraine Naber, was found dead Aug. 6 at the Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City.

Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Michelle Glady confirmed the death but declined to provide details.

Naber’s aunt, 60-year-old Lee Kahn, said Naber hanged herself.

The American Civil Liberties Union in March adopted a federal complaint Naber had filed in which she sought to change her name. The lawsuit argued the name change would be psychologically therapeutic. The lawsuit was dismissed after Naber’s death.

Naber was serving a life sentence for fatally stabbing a man in 2013.

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